To my dear and beloved GRC family,
 
It has been some time since my last VOG so I pray that our Heavenly Father is leading you all into greater worship in each day and in each moment and into His matchless peace and joy!
 
As the high point of this holiday season passes and we look forward to the new year; please allow me to pose a question:
 
As we consider the last 365 days of life on planet earth; did we spend these hours and minutes more like Martha or more like Mary?
 
I’m referencing the account in Luke 10: 38-42 when Jesus goes to the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and we find Martha busy cooking and preparing while Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening. Martha complains to Jesus about Mary’s posture and He responds.
 
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
 
As I reflected on these words from Jesus; I was reminded how in life I should only have one ultimate priority that takes precedence over all things which is to love, embrace and know our Savior daily. Please consider and reflect on His words “…but few things are needed – indeed only one…”
 
Jesus is our Creator, our Sustainer, our Savior and our first Love.
 
As we seek Jesus daily He will reveal His glory and open our eyes to our sin, transforming our hearts so that He will reign supreme, and teaching us how to serve and love others. His righteousness alone makes us right with our Heavenly Father and in that identity He lays a foundation from where we can thrive in relationships with Him and others.
 
Life with Jesus will transition us from the consumer mindedness of affirming ourselves through all the people and things around us; to sacrificial service mindedness to care for and be with others where we are to endure, live and worship together.
 
I wish I can say that there will come a time here on earth when we will be like Mary and just sit and listen and love our Lord Jesus 24/7/365; but with His call comes the daily mission for service and care of others and in that busyness we will find His beauty, wisdom, peace and joy again and again, yay!!!
 
As the new year is upon us; consider how you’ve spent most of your daily time over the last year and there you will find the loves of your heart.
 
Parents, spouses, kids, retirement, success and wellness are all good loves; but they cannot be our greatest non-negotiable in life.  One of my mentors told me that our greatest ultimate loves in life that are spouses, kids, wealth, status, etc will crush us or we will crush them and the only love that can carry all the weight of our wants, needs and desires is Jesus ❤️
 
He has risen, He reigns and He is preparing a new home for us so let us make Him our first love and live with Him in each moment as we celebrate the lives that we have in Him!
 
Your brother and servant…


John Park serves in the Youth Ministry at GRC.

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